This morning’s adventure started at 3am with the hopes of photographing the Milky Way over the Superstition Mountains. As you can see from above my “starry night” hunt was a success.
Milky Way Over the Superstition Mountains
I planned this trip a few days ago. Conditions were setting up to provide a favorable opportunity to catch the Milky Way even with the Phoenix light pollution so close by. The moon was setting a little after midnight so it would not be competing against my photograph. Local weather had predicted for clear skies overnight so I made my plans for early Tuesday morning.
Going over the schedule for the Milky Way had it clearing the horizon around 3:30am. My Photo Pills app showed the Galactic Center would be high enough to view around 4:30am. My plan was set. The only variable in the mix was rather or not I could drag myself out of bed in time for all this to happen. With the help of two alarms set, I was awake this morning at 3:20am. Needless to say that was a painful wakeup but once I got going excitement took over! Out the door to bag my Milky Way over the Superstitions photo.
I arrived with time to spare which is always a nice plus. Pulling into Lost Dutchman State Park I was surprised to see the parking lot empty. I thought surely there would be some other crazy photographer there with the same plan as I had. Fate smiled on me and I had the mountains to myself. Ahhh, my place of zen. Grabbing my gear with a flashlight beaming I headed out to my location. My flashlight was sweeping back and forth on the lookout for snakes, in particular rattlers. Our warm spring has brought them out early and I didn’t want a surprise encounter. I hate snakes!
After getting my tripod setup I loaded my camera onto it and began to capture what I came for that night. The Milky Way was clearly visible across the southeast sky. Welcome back my old friend. I snapped several images while taking in the moment of the night sky and a nice desert breeze. I love the Superstition Mountains and have photographed them many times. Happy with my bounty I packed up and made my way for home. It was good to see the Milky Way back from its winter hiatus. I’m looking forward to a summer of chasing it.
Until next time…